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Bud Abbott (left) and Lou Costello (right)

Abbott and Costello William (Bud) Abbott and Lou Costello (born Louis Cristillo) were an American comedy duo whose work in radio, film and television made them one of the most popular and respected teams in comedy history. Their "Who's on First?" routine, developed during their years in burlesque, is widely considered to be one of the greatest comedy sketches of all time. Abbott was born in Asbury Park, NJ, October 2, 1897 and died April 24, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California. Costello was born in Paterson, NJ, March 6, 1906 and died March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California. Image File history File links A&c. ... Image File history File links A&c. ... William Alexander “Bud” Abbott (October 2, 1897 – April 24, 1974) is a legendary American actor, producer and comedian born in Asbury Park, New Jersey. ... Louis Francis Cristillo aka Lou Costello (March 6, 1906 - March 3, 1959), was an American actor and comedian best known as half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott. ... Laurel and Hardy are one of the worlds most popular double acts A double act, also known as a comedy duo, is a comic device in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners, usually of the same gender, age, ethnic origin, and profession, but drastically... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Whos on First? is a legendary comedy routine made famous by the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, and for which they are arguably now best remembered. ... Photograph of Sally Rand, 1934. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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The Burlesque Years

The two comedians first worked together in 1935 at the Eltinge burlesque theater on 42nd Street in New York.


Abbott was a veteran burlesque entertainer from a show business family, who had worked at Coney Island and ran his own burlesque touring companies. He worked as a straight man with his wife Betty and with veteran comedians like Harry Steppe and Harry Evanson. At the time that they met, he was performing and acting in Minsky's burlesque shows. Image of Coney Island, located in the middle left of the picture, taken by NASA. The peninsula to the right is Rockaway, Queens. ... A straight man is a role in a comedy double act where a performer works with a comedian by setting up the situations or feeding the lines that allow their partner to make a joke. ... Promotional image for Harry Steppe and His Big Show - note the oversized clown shoes Promotional image of Harry, dressed as a sailor and snacking on bananas Harry Steppe (Abraham Stepner, March 1888 – November 22, 1934, at Bellevue Hospital in New York, New York) was a Jewish-American actor, comedian and...


Costello became a burlesque comic in 1928 after failing to break into films as an actor and working as a stunt double and extra. Costello appeared momentarily in the 1927 Laurel and Hardy silent two-reeler, The Battle of the Century, seated at ringside during Stan's ill-fated boxing match. As a teen, Costello was an amateur boxer in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. Laurel and Hardy, in a promotional still from their 1937 feature film Way Out West. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... The Battle of the Century is a 1927 Hal Roach two-reeler starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, who, although just teamed, had yet to take on their recognisible Stan and Ollie characters on a more or less permanent basis. ...


Abbott and Costello made their partnership formal in 1936, building an act by adapting and improving numerous old burlesque sketches into their own style.


The road to fame

A big break came when they appeared on radio's The Kate Smith Hour. Their popularity on the program grew and, they stayed as regulars for two years. Although audiences who saw Abbott and Costello never had any trouble knowing which was which (Abbott was lean and dapper, Costello was short and tubby), their initial radio performances received complaints from listeners who had difficulty telling the two men apart during their rapid cross-talk routines on the air; this was because both men came from central New Jersey and spoke with similar accents. The problem was resolved by having Costello affect a high-pitched childish voice, and their later performances on Kate Smith's show were hugely successful. These led to roles in a Broadway revue, "The Streets of Paris," in 1939. In 1940 they were signed by Universal for the film One Night in the Tropics. Cast in a supporting capacity, they stole the show with several classic routines, including "Who's on First?" Kate Smith on the cover of a posthumous 1991 collection 16 Most Requested Songs Kathryn Elizabeth Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986) was a Washington, D.C.-born singer best known for her rendition of Irving Berlins God Bless America. She greeted audiences with Hello, everybody! and signed... For the Bon Jovi album, see New Jersey (album) Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or, officially, Universal City Studios), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is one of the major American film studios that has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of... One Night in the Tropics is a 1940 comedy film which is noted as being the film debut of Abbott and Costello - although they were not the main focus of the story, and only first show up nearly halfway through the film. ... Whos on First? is a legendary comedy routine made famous by the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, and for which they are arguably now best remembered. ...


Universal signed them to a long-term contract, and their second film, Buck Privates, (1941) secured their place as movie stars. The duo made over 30 films between 1940 and 1956 (see below) and were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. Among their popular films are Hold That Ghost, Who Done It?, Pardon My Sarong, The Time of Their Lives, Buck Privates Come Home, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man.


In 1942, Abbott and Costello were number one at the box office with a movie take alone of $10 million. The team remained in the top ten until 1952.


Radio

Lou and Bud
Lou and Bud

The Abbott and Costello Show was heard on radio throughout the 1940s. They began by hosting a summer replacement series for Fred Allen on NBC in 1940, then joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941. During the same period, two of their films, Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost, were adapted for radio and presented on Lux Radio Theater. Image File history File links Abbott_and_costello. ... Image File history File links Abbott_and_costello. ... He has eyes like Venetian blinds and a tongue like an adder — radio/television critic John Crosby about humourist Fred Allen, portrayed here by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. ... Sam Bermans caricature of Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen for 1947 NBC promotion book Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 – September 30, 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist. ... Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 _ September 30, 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist. ... Script excerpts from The Chase and Sanborn Hour were collected in this 1934 Big Little Book. ... Lux Radio Theater, one of the genuine classic radio anthology series (NBC Blue Network (1934-1935); CBS (1935-1955), adapted first Broadway stage works, and then (especially) films to hour-long live radio presentations. ...


On October 8, 1942 they launched their weekly NBC show, sponsored by Camel cigarettes, moving five years later to ABC, the former NBC Blue Network). The additional cast and crew on that series included Sid Fields as the Melonheads, Artie Auerbrook as Ketsel, regulars Elvira Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Lou Krogman, Pat McGeehan, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth and Benay Venuta. The featured vocalists were Amy Arnell, Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, Susan Miller, Marilyn Williams, the Delta Rhythm Boys and the Les Baxter Singers with the orchestras of Skinnay Ennis, Charles Hoff, Matty Matlock, Jack Meakin, Will Osborne, Freddie Rich, Leith Stevens and Peter van Streeden. Frank Bingman, Jim Doyle, Ken Niles and Michael Roy did the announcing, Writers included Howard Harris, Hal Fimberg, Don Prindle, Ed Cherokee, Len Stern, Martin Ragaway, Paul Conlan and Ed Forman and producer Martin Gosch. Sound effects were supplied by Floyd Caton. At ABC, they also hosted a 30-minute children's radio program, the The Abbott and Costello Children's Show), which aired Saturday mornings with vocalist Anna Mae Slaughter and announcer Johnny McGovern. October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (282nd in leap years). ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Iris Adrian (29 May 1912 – 17 September 1994) was an American film actress. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor, performing on radio, in television commercials, and most famously, in hundreds of cartoon shorts for Warner Bros. ... Wally Brown (October 9, 1904 - November 13, 1961) was an actor, comedian, and long-time partner of Alan Carney. ... Verna Felton (July 20, 1890 – December 14, 1966) is a voice actor, who was best-known for playing most of the female voices in Disney animated films. ... Frank Nelson was an American born comedic actor best known for playing put-upon foils on radio and television. ... Benay Venuta (January 27, 1911 - September 1, 1995) was an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... Kirk Douglas with Maxwell in Champion (1949) Marilyn Maxwell (August 3, 1921 - March 20, 1972), born Marvel Marilyn Maxwell, was a platinum blonde, curvatious movie actress and entertainer who, in addition to appearing in many films, also entertained the troops during World War II and the Korean war on USO... Leith Stevens (September 13, 1909 - July 23, 1970) was an American composer. ... Howard Harris was a comedy writer whose credits included Copacabana (1947) starring Groucho Marx and Carmen Miranda[1], The Jackie Gleason Show, You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx, Gilligans Island, Petticoat Junction, and other popular television shows. ...


Television

In 1951 they moved to television--first as one of the rotating hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour (Eddie Cantor and Bob Hope were among the others). Beginning in 1952, The Abbott and Costello Show. was a half-hour series loosely adapted from their radio show, casting the duo as unemployed wastrels. One of the show's running gags involved Abbott perpetually nagging Costello to get a job to pay their rent, while Abbott barely lifted a finger himself in that direction. The show featured Sidney Fields as their landlord and Hillary Brooke as a friendly neighbor who sometimes got involved in the pair's schemes. Another semi-regular was Joe Besser as Stinky, a 40-year-old sissy dressed in a Little Lord Fauntleroy suit. The Abbott and Costello Show ran from 1952 to 1954, but the show found a larger viewership via syndicated reruns from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. The Colgate Comedy Hour was a musical variety television show which ran from November 1950 to December 1956. ... Eddie Cantor in the 1920s Eddie Cantor (January 31, 1892 - October 10, 1964) was a comedian, singer, actor, songwriter, and one of the most popular entertainers in the United States of America in the early and middle 20th century. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel. ... The Abbott and Costello Show, a half-hour television sitcom starring the popular comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello that originally aired 1952-1954, is regarded among the most influential comedy programs in history. ... Sidney Fields (February 5, 1898 to September 28, 1975) was a comedy actor and writer best known for his featured role on The Abbott and Costello Show in the early 1950s. ... Hillary Brooke in Ministry of Fear Hillary Brooke (September 8, 1914-May 25, 1999), American film actress best known for her work in Abbott and Costello and Sherlock Holmes films. ... Joe Besser Joe Besser (August 12, 1907 – March 1, 1988) was a comedian, known for his impish humor, and is now best remembered for his brief stint as part of the Three Stooges. ...


Later years

In the 1950s, however, Abbott and Costello's popularity waned. There were several reasons for this. Each year they released two new films, while the studio re-released some of their older hits. Add to that a weekly TV series and regular live appearances on the Colgate program, and the team's bag of tricks was overexposed. With the ascendancy of Martin and Lewis, Bud and Lou were looked upon as the old guard. Conflicts between the two began to divide them, and the tax man finished the job: Abbott and Costello split up in 1956 after the Internal Revenue Service charged them for back taxes, forcing them to sell off most of their assets, including their film rights. Martin and Lewis were an American comedy duo, comprised of singer Dean Martin (as the straight man) and comedian Jerry Lewis (as his stooge). ... Seal of the Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the United States government agency that collects taxes and enforces the internal revenue laws. ...


Costello made about ten solo appearances on The Steve Allen Show and headlined in Las Vegas. He appeared in episodes of GE Theater and Wagon Train. Radio historian Gerald Nachman has written that Costello decided to end Abbott & Costello as a working partnership not long after the drowning death of his baby son. On March 3, 1959, shortly after making his lone solo film, The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, Costello died of a heart attack. Steve Allen on the cover of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was a musician, comedian and writer, who was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ... General Electric Theater was a half-hour CBS television anthology broadcast every Sunday evening beginning February 1, 1953 and ending May 27, 1962. ... For the TV show, see Wagon Train. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock is a 1959 film starring Lou Costello and Dorothy Provine. ...


Abbott attempted a comeback in 1960, teaming with Candy Candido. Although the new act received good reviews, Bud quit, remarking, "No one could ever live up to Lou." A serious weakness of the new act was that it copied the old act: Abbott and Candido simply reprised old Abbott & Costello routines, with Candido blatantly imitating Costello. Candido would then do a comedic monologue in his own persona while Abbott took a break backstage, then the finale consisted of both men performing the classic "Who's on First?" routine. Candy Candido (December 25, 1913-May 19, 1999) was an American actor and bass player. ...


Abbott made a solo appearance on an episode of GE Theater in 1961. A few years later, Bud voiced his character in a series of 156 five-minute Abbott and Costello cartoons made by Hanna-Barbera in 1966 and 1967. Lou's character was voiced by Stan Irwin. Abbott died of cancer on April 24, 1974. General Electric Theater was a half-hour CBS television anthology broadcast every Sunday evening beginning February 1, 1953 and ending May 27, 1962. ...


Spin-offs

The cartoon series wasn't the first time Abbott and Costello were immortalized in animation. During the height of their popularity in the 1940s, Warner Bros.'s Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies animation unit produced several cartoons featuring the pair as cats or mice named "Babbit and Catstello." One of the cartoons, "A Tale of Two Kitties," introduced one of the most enduring characters in the history of animation--Tweety Pie. The other cartoon was "A Tale of Two Mice". In both cartoons, Tedd Pierce and Mel Blanc, respectively, did good impressions of the duo's voices and styles. Warner Bros. ... Babbit and Catstello were fictional characters, quite obviously based on the comedic duo Abbott and Costello, that appeared in certain Warner Bros. ... A Tale of Two Kitties is an American cartoon, released in 1942, notable for introducing the character Orson Tweety Bird. ... Tweety aka Tweety Pie or Tweety Bird is a fictional character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes series of animated cartoons. ... Edward Stacey Tedd Pierce III (August 12, 1906, – February 19, 1972), was an American animated cartoon writer, animator and artist. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor, performing on radio, in television commercials, and most famously, in hundreds of cartoon shorts for Warner Bros. ...


But the team's influence has rarely abated since their breakup. In 1994, comedian Jerry Seinfeld hosted the television special Abbott and Costello meet Jerry Seinfeld (the title referenced their popular series of films in which the duo met some of Universal's famed horror picture characters). The show aired on NBC to over 20 million homes. Seinfeld himself has always stated that The Abbott and Costello Show was the inspiration for his own popular series. A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... This article is about the sitcom. ...


Their famous comedy routine, "Who's on First?" is believed to be available in as many as 20 versions; Abbott and Costello performed subtle variations of the routine in film, on their radio show, and on television (in one of their Colgate Comedy Hour installments and their half-hour TV series). It became such an icon of American comedy that the duo and their writers seized on any opportunity to craft different routines based upon the same hook. Nachman wrote that the duo's radio contract may have included an agreement to perform "Who's on First?" at least once a month. Perhaps the most successful of the routines "Who's on First?" spawned was "U Drive," about renting a car. On one of the duo's radio broadcasts, they preceded yet another version of "Who's on First?" with a similar routine when the pair discussed Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller. Whos on First? is a legendary comedy routine made famous by the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, and for which they are arguably now best remembered. ... This article is becoming very long. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Robert William Andrew Feller, nicknamed Rapid Robert, is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher and Hall of Famer. ...


Cultural references

"The Abbott and Costello Show" is a catch phrase occasionally used when referring to the Australian government of John Howard due to the names of two prominent members of the ministry—federal health minister Tony Abbott and federal treasurer Peter Costello. A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939), Australian politician, is the Prime Minister of Australia. ... Hon Tony Abbott Anthony John Tony Abbott (born 4 November 1957), Australian politician, is the Minister for Health and Ageing and Leader of the House in the Australian federal government. ... Peter Howard Costello (born 14 August 1957), Australian politician, has been Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party since 1994, and Treasurer in the Australian government since 1996. ...


NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006), a drama about life backstage at a television comedy series, used "Who's on First?" as a plot device when the parents of cast member Tom Jeter (Nate Corddry) visit from Ohio, and he gives them a tour the theater. However, they have little understanding of comedy and have never heard of "Who's on First?" In an attempt to relate to his parents just before they begin the drive back to Ohio, Tom gives them a recording of "Who's on First?", which (according to the show's mythology) was first performed in the Addison Theater—the august building which later became Studio 60 itself. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is an American NBC dramatic television series that takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy show (also called Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), whose format is similar to NBCs Saturday Night Live. ... Tom Jeter is a fictional character on the American television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, played by Nate Corddry. ... Nathan Corddry (also known as Nate Corddry) was born on September 8, 1977 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. ...


Filmography

Year Movie Lou Costello Role Bud Abbott Role Notes
1940 One Night in the Tropics Costello Abbott Film Debut
1941 Buck Privates Herbie Brown Slicker Smith
1941 In the Navy Pomeroy Watson Smoky Adams
1941 Hold That Ghost Ferdinand Jones Chuck Murray
1941 Keep 'Em Flying Heathcliff Blackie Benson
1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy Willoughby Duke
1942 Rio Rita Wishy Doc
1942 Pardon My Sarong Wellington Phlug Algy Shaw
1942 Who Done It? Mervyn Milgrim Chick Larkin
1943 It Ain't Hay Wilbur Hoolihan Grover Mickridge
1943 Hit The Ice Tubby McCoy Flash Fulton
1944 In Society Albert Mansfield Eddie Harrington
1944 Lost in a Harem Harvey Garvey Peter Johnson
1945 Here Come The Co-Eds Oliver Slats
1945 The Naughty Nineties Sebastian Dexter
1945 Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Abercrombie Buzz Curtis
1946 Little Giant Benny Miller John Morrison/Tom Chandler
1946 The Time of Their Lives Horatio Cuthbert/Dr. Greenway
1947 Buck Privates Come Home Herbie Brown Slicker Smith Sequel to Buck Privates
1947 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap Chester Wooley Duke Egan
1948 The Noose Hangs High Tommy Hinchcliffe Ted Higgins
1948 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Wilbur Gray Chick Young
1948 Mexican Hayride Joe Bascom/Humphrey Fish Harry Lambert
1949 Africa Screams Stanley Livington Buzz Johnson
1949 Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Freddie Phillips Casey Edwards
1950 Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Lou Hotchkiss Bud Jones
1951 Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Lou Francis Bud Alexander
1951 Comin' Round The Mountain Wilbert Al Stewart
1952 Jack and the Beanstalk Jack Dinklepuss
1952 Lost in Alaska George Bell Tom Watson
1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Oliver "Puddin' Head" Johnson Rocky Stonebridge
1953 Abbott and Costello Go to Mars Orville Lester
1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Tubby Slim
1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops Willie Piper Harry Pierce
1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Freddie Franklin Peter Patterson
1956 Dance With Me Henry Lou Henry Bud Flick
1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock Artie Pinsetter - Lou Costello Only.
1965 The World of Abbott and Costello - - Compilation Film

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See also: 1948 in film 1949 1950 in film 1940s in film 1950s in film years in film film Events Top grossing films North America Adams Rib Jolson Sings Again Pinky I Was a Male War Bride, The Snake Pit, Joan of Arc Academy Awards Best Picture: All the... Theatrical Poster Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff is a 1949 film starring Abbott and Costello Categories: | | ... See also: 1949 in film 1950 1951 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events February 15 - Walt Disney Studios animated film Cinderella debuts. ... Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion is a 1950 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... See also: 1950 in film 1951 1952 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati Top grossing films North America David and Bathsheba Show Boat tie The Great Caruso and An... Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 film starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and Nancy Guild. ... See also: 1950 in film 1951 1952 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati Top grossing films North America David and Bathsheba Show Boat tie The Great Caruso and An... Comin Round The Mountain is a 1951 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... // Events February 20 - The film The African Queen opens (Capitol Theater in New York City). ... Theatrical Poster Jack & the Beanstalk is a 1952 family comedy starring Abbott and Costello (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello). ... // Events February 20 - The film The African Queen opens (Capitol Theater in New York City). ... Lost in Alaska is a 1952 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... // Events February 20 - The film The African Queen opens (Capitol Theater in New York City). ... Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd is a 1952 comedy co-starring Charles Laughton. ... See also: 1952 in film 1953 1954 in film 1950s in film years in film film Events September 16 - The Robe debuts as the first anamorphic, widescreen CinemaScope film. ... Abbott and Costello Go To Mars is a 1953 science fiction comedy film directed by Charles Lamont and staring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. ... See also: 1952 in film 1953 1954 in film 1950s in film years in film film Events September 16 - The Robe debuts as the first anamorphic, widescreen CinemaScope film. ... Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. ... // Events November 3 - The musical Guys and Dolls, starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, debuts. ... Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops is a 1955 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... // Events November 3 - The musical Guys and Dolls, starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, debuts. ... Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is a Universal Films release featuring the comic team with one of their famous film monsters. ... See also: 1955 in film 1956 1957 in film 1950s in film years in film film // Events November 15 - The film Love Me Tender starring Elvis Presley (his first film) opens. ... Dance with Me, Henry is a 1956 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ... The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock is a 1959 film starring Lou Costello and Dorothy Provine. ... // Events Top grossing films North America Mary Poppins The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews Goldfinger My Fair Lady Whats New Pussycat? Shenandoah The Sandpiper Father Goose Academy Awards Best Picture: The Sound of Music - Argyle, Twentieth Century-Fox Best Actor: Lee Marvin - Cat Ballou Best Actress: Julie Christie... The World of Abbott and Costello is a 1965 compilation film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ...

See also

Laurel and Hardy, in a promotional still from their 1937 feature film Way Out West. ... Martin and Lewis were an American comedy duo, comprised of singer Dean Martin (as the straight man) and comedian Jerry Lewis (as his stooge). ...

References

  • Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York:Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN,
  • Sies, Luther F. Encyclopedia of American Radio. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2000. ISBN
  • Terrace, Vincent. Radio Programs,. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. ISBN

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Abbott and Costello: Information from Answers.com (2351 words)
Abbott & Costello may have lacked depth and a certain artistic viewpoint, but -- to their eternal credit -- they never pretended to be anything but what they were, two journeymen comics who could make you laugh, even if you felt guilty about it.
Abbott and Costello (William (Bud) Abbott, 1897-1974; Louis Cristillo, 1906-1959) were an American comedy duo whose work in radio, film, and television made them one of the most popular and respected teams in comedy history.
The Abbott and Costello Show ran from 1952 to 1954, but the show found a new life in syndicated rerun broadcast in the late 1960s and early-to-mid 1970s, and the episodes were probably seen by more viewers this time around than when the show was actually produced.
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